Thursday 2 April 2020
April 01, 2020
Skepticism Rife Following Introduction of ‘State of Emergency’ Draft Law
The newly-proposed law on national emergency would potentially give Cambodian government unlimited access to martial power to enforce an emergency, while vastly controlling the citizenry’s online and offline activities.
March 31, 2020
‘State of Emergency’ Draft Law Gives Gov’t Sweeping Powers; Permits Human Rights Restrictions
The draft allows for a “state of emergency” to be declared in multiple scenarios, ranging from national security situations such as war or foreign invasion to public health concerns such as pandemics and severe calamity.
March 29, 2020
Amid Coronavirus Pandemic, Cambodia Holds Joint Military Exercises With Chinese Troops
The drill and the events surrounding the fight against the virus mark a “new stage” in the relations between Beijing and Phnom Penh, said Chheang Vannarith, President of the Phnom Penh-based think-tank Asian Vision Institute.
March 26, 2020
Prime Minister Hints at Declaring State of Emergency; Criticizes Price Gouging
Cambodia, he said, would need to enact a law first to implement the Article 22 of the Constitution, adding that he needs to know the scope of the state of emergency. Hun Sen did add that it would curtail “civil liberties.”
March 25, 2020
Observers: U.S. Ambassador’s Trial Appearance Strategic, Protects Interests in Cambodia
The U.S. Ambassador’s presence at the opposition leader’s treason trial and statement outside the courtroom signal setting aside soft approaches with Phnom Penh and putting front Washington’s opposition to the prosecution.
March 18, 2020
China, Cambodia Hold Joint Military Drills to Shrug Off Coronavirus Fears
China and Cambodia bucked the global trend of event cancellations this week by starting joint military exercises as a way to show the world they’re over the coronavirus outbreak and getting friendlier despite apprehension in other countries.
March 16, 2020
Yung Moeun, Pol Pot’s Trusted Aide and Beijing Envoy, Dies At 73
Pol Pot’s favorite dishes were sour fish soup and dressed salads, Yung Moeun recalled, during her 2018 interview. “Pol Pot loved making jokes by saying the opposite thing. For example, if the food we cooked was a bit salty, he would say the food was watery.”
March 12, 2020
Defense Distances Kem Sokha From Sam Rainsy, US Ambassador Criticizes Prosecution’s “Conspiracy Theories”
The council of judges and prosecution have characterized Sam Rainsy’s speeches, played in court over the last few weeks, as evidence of his alleged proclivity for “violence,” though providing little evidence to support the claim.
March 11, 2020
Court Questions Kem Sokha’s Decision to Form CNRP with “Violent” Sam Rainsy
The council of judges’ line of questioning was similar to the prosecution’s assertion a few weeks ago that Kem Sokha’s repeated claims – in old speeches and stated political policies – that he only followed nonviolent strategies was moot because he associated with Sam Rainsy to form CNRP